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Adaptive Learning Tech Linked to Better Test Performance

Can adaptive technology help students encourage students to finish more assignments and do better on tests? That was the question researchers at the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University were tasked with answering in a research project sponsored by Knewton. "Overall," the researchers reported, "Knewton appears to be a useful tool for students. This study suggests a positive correlation among usage of Knewton, assignment completion and performance on online assessments."

Negotiated Rulemaking Efforts Begin Tackling Accreditation and Innovation

A Washington, D.C. blizzard was bad enough to knock a day and a half off of the first three-day effort to dig into work on proposed regulations for federal student aid programs. The regulations, authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act, are being undertaken by a "negotiated rulemaking" committee that brings together various stakeholders to hammer out language that the U.S. Department of Education is expected to use for two regulatory areas: accreditation and innovation.

Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Jan. 21, 2019)

Upcoming events include the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference, E-Learning 2019, and Educause Learning Institute Annual Meeting 2019.

Employers Want 'Uniquely Human Skills'

Although this may not always be true, today's employers are looking for job candidates with "uniquely human skills" — but students don't yet have those skills in sufficient quantity, according to a new survey. And soft skills currently rank more important than hard skills, the survey found.



U Michigan-Flint Taps Local Makerspace for Learning History

A Michigan institution is taking advantage of proximity to a local makerspace for student learning. The University of Michigan-Flint Department of History has purchased 15 passes for Factory Two, a facility a 10-minute walk from campus, that will allow students to go in and use the space's resources for their projects.

Coursera Partners with Universities on Healthcare Portfolio

Coursera has partnered with 15 universities to develop a portfolio of health-related online courses to help address the global shortage of skilled workers in the healthcare industry.

New Process Drastically Cuts 3D Printing Times

A new 3D printing technique developed by University of Michigan researchers is producing results in one-one hundredth the time of conventional printers.

Wayne State and Microsoft to Build Job-Ready Skills in Detroit

Wayne State University is partnering with Microsoft for a new employability skills program that will foster tech skills and help students prepare for careers in Detroit's growing digital economy.

Knewton Launches Multi-Course Subscription

Knewton has updated its subscription options to allow students to access multiple courses. Priced at $79.99, the new Altapass gives students unlimited use of multiple Alta products across a single subject area for up to two years.

Report: Minority-Serving Schools Well Positioned to Fill STEM Workforce Gap

A group of higher education, government, nonprofit and business leaders believes that minority-serving colleges and universities are well positioned to serve as a "greater resource" for meeting U.S. STEM workforce needs. What's needed is more "attention" and "investment" to steer this diverse set of students to science, technology, engineering and math fields.

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